Archive for February 2018

26 05,2020

Almost 17,000 people respond to Govt call for community volunteers during COVID-19 crisis 

  Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, and Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, have welcomed the fantastic support of volunteers from local communities in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Since the call for volunteers to support the community response to COVID…
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25 05,2020

2020 CLÁR Programme will help rural communities respond to COVID-19 – Minister Ring

€5 million fund forms part of Minister’s integrated Rural Development Investment Programme   Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development, today (Monday 25th May) announced details of the CLÁR programme for 2020.   CLÁR is one element of a €30 million package of co-ordinated and complementary supports that is being launched by…
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23 05,2020

New PPN Newsletter out now! 25 May 2020

Dear Galway County PPN Members, Welcome to this edition of the Galway PPN Newsletter with its improved look. This week we are delighted to report that the Secretariat has been back at work and are busy thinking of ways to support community groups in County Galway. We have listened to your wishes for training and…
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22 05,2020

Resources available to those living with long-term health conditions during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

People living with long-term health conditions may be more at risk of serious illness if they get coronavirus and need to take extra care to protect themselves (further information available at: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/at-risk-groups.html).   It is also really important that they continue to manage their long-term health condition(s) at this time.  Community Health Care West are…
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22 05,2020

GAA Legends on call

IS THERE SOMEONE COCOONING OR ISOLATING IN YOUR COMMUNITY WHO WOULD LOVE TO GET A CALL FROM A GAA LEGEND?   Paul Byrnes, former Executive Editor of GAA with RTE Sport and a native of Oranmore has come up with an initiative to make a difference in a joint initiative for Galway City and County…
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22 05,2020

Buzz! Connecting people with nature

Celebrating National Biodiversity Week in the County of Galway 22nd to 29th May 2020 Competition Send us in a short video, photograph or drawing on any aspect of the wonderful biodiversity that is on your doorstep or what you are doing for pollinators in your garden or community. For some inspiration see: https://pollinators.ie/resources/local-communities/ We have…
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20 05,2020

Minister Ring confirms availability of funding for TidyTowns Groups

Official Press Release  Wednesday, 20 May 2020   Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed today (Wednesday, 20 May) that funding which he allocated to support the TidyTowns groups throughout the country this year will still be available to them, even though the 2020 SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to…
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18 05,2020

Funding available for Child & Youth Participation and Parental Participation through Tusla in Galway.

Announcement: Seed funding available for Child & Youth Participation and also for Parental Participation through Tusla in Galway.   The purpose of the funding is to support Tusla funded agencies and partner agencies in the community to do a project/event/programme (etc) with young people and parents which will support and develop their participation in your…
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18 05,2020

Funding allocated for Agricultural Shows can be used in 2021 – Minister Ring  

Original Press Release  Monday, 18 May 2020 Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed again today (Monday, 18 May) that funding which he allocated to support the running of Agricultural Shows throughout the country this year can be used in 2021 where shows have to be cancelled due to the…
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18 05,2020

Out now: Galway County PPN Training Needs Survey- Final Report

Dear Members, The role of the PPN is to provide training to our members to support your important work. To assess the current need for training we asked you to complete a short survey to collect information on your training requirements. We have now collected and analysed the results and present the findings in a report that can be…
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16 05,2020

PPN Connect Info Brief

Dear PPN Members, Welcome to this edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter (PPN Connect Info Brief). We hope you are all well and coping with the many changes to our lives as a result of the Pandemic. In this issue, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Galway Co PPN Connect Project…
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13 05,2020

PPN Connect Project Launch

Galway County PPN announces the launch of its ‘PPN Connect’ Project PPN Connect Poster Due to the current situation impacting on the way we can interact with you, the PPN has had to drastically change the way it works over the coming months. With social distancing making it harder for us to connect and continue…
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13 05,2020

Youth Justice Strategy Public Consultation

The Department of Justice and Equality is consulting with the public on a draft Youth Justice Strategy. The Strategy has been developed in light of experience of State agencies and community partners who work with the comparatively small number of children and young people who come in contact with the criminal justice system. This work…
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11 05,2020

Update from the Telecoms Industry

Comreg have released a web page with COVID-19 Useful Consumer Information, it has useful information for consumers regarding electronic communications during the current COVID-19 situation. This is of relevance to the PPN and representative groups providing support to vulnerable groups and individuals. ComReg welcomes Telecoms Industry Commitments to assist consumers during COVID-19 To-date, the Commitments…
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11 05,2020

COVID-19 Stability Fund for Community and Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprises

Published: 6 May 2020 From: Department of Rural and Community Development   The Department of Rural and Community Development is funding the COVID-19 Stability Fund for Community and Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprises. If you are a community and voluntary organisation, social enterprise or charity and you are in urgent need of funding to help your organisation…
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10 05,2020

New HSE Campaign #HoldFirm launched and other resources

Message from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support Team   Update for PPN Members- 10th May   We wish to thank you for your ongoing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. This is a note to let you know of a few communications updates.   Research Some interesting insights in a report published by…
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10 05,2020

Launch of €40 million COVID-19 support package for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises

Press Release Friday, 8 May 2020 Ministers Ring and Canney launch €40 million COVID-19 support package for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises Funding will help alleviate funding challenges faced by organisations most in need Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development and Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of…
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06 05,2020

Second Stress Control workshop series announced by the HSE

A second Stress Control workshop will be running again, starting on Monday, 11th May. As before, it will be available online for free.   Each of the six sessions follows the same format of 90 minutes and it will be available twice a day, on two different days of the week, at the times below:…
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06 05,2020

Community Call- Stories from the (Volunteering) Frontline

Oughterard Rugby Football Club (ORFC) are doing great work in response to the #CommunityCall.   ORFC’s Senior Coach Jack Clarke tell us a little bit about his experiences of the volunteering efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic:   ‘When I was asked to write a piece that described what Oughterard Rugby Football Club (ORFC) are doing…
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06 05,2020

Smart Rural Project – Expression of interest to become a participant village

Preparatory Action on Smart Rural Areas in the 21st Century What is the project about? The ‘Smart Rural’ project is a two and a half-year project coordinated by E40 Group and supported by the European Commission (DG AGRI) with the overall aim to promote and inspire villages to develop and implement smart village approaches and…
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02 05,2020

May Newsletter out now!

Dear PPN Members, Welcome to the latest edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter. In this issue, we would like to particularly draw your attention to the ‘What’s Going on’ Section. Here we focus on how communities are responding with great strength, commitment and innovation to the social distancing measures. Community connection may never been…
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02 05,2020

Burrenbeo Trust & Farming for Nature Webinar series

Burrenbeo Trust in conjunction with Farming for Nature are coordinating a series of webinars on the themes of farming, nature and heritage every Wednesday between 8pm and 9pm. Webinars are free to attend but registration is essential at the links provided. A recording of the three webinars that already took place in April are available…
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02 05,2020

New Youth Climate Justice Fund available

Published: 27 April 2020 From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs Minister Zappone has reminded national youth organisations that the deadline for applications to the new Youth Climate Justice Fund is 15 May. Last month, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, announced the fund to support youth-led action and innovation on Climate…
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01 05,2020

Important update about Garda Vetting during Covid-19

Galway County Community Response Team has been informed by the Garda Vetting Bureau that all volunteers will need to be Garda Vetted specifically for COVID-19 Response Roles.   Your volunteers may have been vetted previously for other activities, but vetting has to be carried out for any new role that they get involved in. For…
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01 05,2020

Carmichael Centre Training opportunities

The Carmichael Centre is a leading specialist training and support body for nonprofits in Ireland.   The following training opportunities are on offer:   Communications Using Social Media to promote your work during a crisis – Beginners Online Course 02/06/2020 E-learning Courses Online 10:30-11:30 Communications     Using Social Media to promote your work during…
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01 05,2020

Revised Deadline! The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2020-21

The theme of the Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme is empowering people (rights-holders) who face the greatest barriers to justice to access their rights. The Scheme is open to civil society organisations, including community and voluntary organisations, trade unions, groups representing geographic communities addressing poverty and social exclusion or communities of interest protected under the 9 equality grounds…
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30 04,2020

The Wheel host a ‘Meet, Share and Learn’ meeting for organisations in the West and Midwest.

MEET, SHARE AND LEARN (ONLINE MEETING) We invite you to join us for this special online Meet, Share and Learn for organisations in the West and Midwest. Responding to COVID-19 All of us have been impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis and the sector is at the forefront of supporting communities affected. This event will…
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29 04,2020

ComReg welcomes Telecoms Industry commitments to assist customers during COVID-19

Read the Press Release here.   The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has today welcomed the announcement by Telecommunications Industry Ireland, the IBEC group for the sector, that the main electronic communications providers have signed up to a common set of commitments to assist and help their customers in the use of electronic communications during…
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28 04,2020

Let’s Play Ireland

Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency. Playing is central to children’s physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing. Children learn through play while developing resilience, flexibility and understanding of their world. Play in families enriches childhood. All children and…
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28 04,2020

Taking Care of our Physical and Mental Wellbeing in Galway

  COVID-19 is a major public health emergency here in Ireland and around the world and is having a big impact on our lives. Everyone has made a huge effort to stop the spread of the virus and to save lives. Thank You! To help us all get through this difficult ti me, it’s important…
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27 04,2020

Competition: Stories from the Waterside

    County Galway has a rich heritage of storytelling. It is part of our national identity and defines who we are as a nation. Stories bring local places to life and help us to remember and cherish what makes those places so special and to pass it on to future generations.   Galway’s rivers,…
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27 04,2020

Parenting Your Teenager During Covid-19

Planet Youth workshops will help Mayo, Roscommon and Galway parents overcome Covid-19 challenges   Mayo, Roscommon and Galway parents dealing with parenting challenges created by Covid-19 are invited to attend online workshops designed to help them through these unprecedented times. Parenting Your Teenager Through Covid-19 will be the title of the interactive online workshops at…
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25 04,2020

Latest Newsletter out now!

Dear Galway County Public Participation Members,   We are delighted to share the second edition of our PPN Newsletter. This edition highlights what is going on in Galway during the Pandemic and showcases some of the tremendous volunteer efforts of our members in the Community.   Please find the latest Bulletin here: PPN Newsletter April…
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22 04,2020

Galway County COVID-19 Emergency Fund

  The COVID-19 Emergency Fund is a grant programme to provide funding to groups that are directly involved in the community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Given the immediacy of works related to Covid-19, the Council has invited applications via a closed call to the Groups registered to provide services as part of the…
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22 04,2020

Message from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

Update for PPN Members      Dear Colleague, We wish to thank you for your ongoing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. This is a note to let you know of a few communications updates.    Cocooning video We have added a video explaining cocooning which can be easily shared to our video…
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22 04,2020

Minister Ring confirms cancellation of 2020 TidyTowns competition

Original Source: Government Press Release   Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today (21 April 2020) announced the cancellation of the TidyTowns competition for 2020 in the interests of public health and safety.   In a statement today, Minister Ring said: “For over 60 years the TidyTowns competition has…
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21 04,2020

Getting through COVID-19 Together

  The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a new and challenging event.   Everyone’s lives and daily routines are affected by the measures that have been introduced to disrupt the spread of the virus, and keep us all safe.   It’s normal to be worried or to feel stressed during this difficult time, but there…
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21 04,2020

Young Social Innovators “Open Call to Teenagers” for solutions to the challenges of COVID-19

  Minister Canney welcomes Young Social Innovators “Open Call to Teenagers” for solutions to the challenges of COVID-19   Original Source: Gov.ie Press Release   Monday, 20 April 2020   Mr Seán Canney TD, the Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, has today (Monday, 20th April) welcomed an initiative by…
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19 04,2020

Let us know what you are doing for the Community Call

We want to hear from you!   Galway County Council in partnership with its Community Response Forum and the Galway County Public Participation Network want to hear from you!   We are asking all local supports and community groups that are part of the broader Community Call –  to share some information on how their…
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18 04,2020

Third Age Ireland Services during COVID 19

With the outbreak of Covid-19, Third Age – managers, staff and volunteers – have adapted each programme to ensure continuity of service and to provide new solutions for a changed time.   Third Age has been developing innovative programmes in Ireland since 1988, emphasising the importance of community and family, and the value of older…
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18 04,2020

Covid19: Resources and Information

              Dear Galway County Public Participation Members,   We have collected some resources to help you and your groups that you may find useful during the COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.   Please find the latest Bulletin here: Info and Resources April 2020.   If you have any suggestions or…
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18 04,2020

Covid-19 Response Fund- Deadline Extended!

About the Fund The Community Foundation for Ireland’s Covid-19 Community Fund is aimed at the immediate needs of organisations impacted by Covid-19 and focused on the following: People over 60 People with respiratory illnesses or cancer People experiencing domestic abuse Isolated vulnerable people and families, particularly those living in rural areas Mental health issues for…
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18 04,2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A guide for the bereaved

Source: Government Publication The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has forced us to change the usual ways we deal with the loss of a loved one. This guide is concerned with the period from the time a death occurs up to the burial or cremation. It is intended to provide clear advice as to what bereaved families…
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18 04,2020

Use of online public library service soars during COVID-19 crisis – Minister Ring

Source: DRCD Press Office New membership rates almost double versus same period last year 467% increase in people taking e-learning courses Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural & Community Development, has called on members of the public to avail of the excellent content and services offered by the online public library service during the…
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17 04,2020

Galway County Freephone Number in Operation for the Community

 Galway County Freephone Number in Operation for Vulnerable Members of the Community Deals with over 260 calls for Assistance in response to COVID-19 Community Call April 14th, 2020 Chief Executive of Galway County Council, Mr. Kevin Kelly acknowledges the significant response of State, Local Development, Community and Voluntary Groups and Sporting Organisations across the County,…
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17 04,2020

GETTING THROUGH COVID-19 TOGETHER

  The Covid – 19 Stakeholder Communications Support team have launched a Wellbeing campaign. You can download the Campaign pack here: Getting Through COVID-19 Together Campaign – Social Partner Briefing CAMPAIGN RATIONALE The outbreak of COVID 19 globally is a source of significant stress, anxiety, worry and fear for many people. This arises from the…
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12 04,2020

Community Volunteer Protocol during Covid-19

  Protocol for Community Volunteers delivering services   Many Groups are already delivering essential services to older people living alone and in remote areas, through services such as Meals on Wheels, Befriending Services or Home Help.   With the continued outbreak of the Covid-19 virus and the restrictions which have been put in place requiring…
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12 04,2020

GALWAY WIND PARK LAUNCHES COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND

SSE Renewables and Greencoat Renewables, joint owners of Galway Wind Park, have  launched a €70,000 COVID-19 response fund to support local communities around the wind farm in Connemara, Co. Galway.   The funding, which is being made immediately available, will support community groups that are currently mobilising a rapid response to support those most-in-need as…
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12 04,2020

GAA Covid-19 Community Volunteer Protocol

  Why is the GAA involved in Covid-19 response? The GAA is Ireland’s largest sporting and community association with a footprint into every community in the country. In light of the unprecedented challenges facing us in responding to Covid-19 the public health authorities and governments in both jurisdictions have turned to the GAA to assist…
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12 04,2020

Age Action and Irish Red Cross COVID-19 Hardship Fund

Helping Older People who are Most In-Need   What: Age Action has launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund in conjunction with the Irish Red Cross to respond to the immediate needs of older people in vulnerable situations across Ireland experiencing additional hardship as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.   Why: Age Action and the Irish Red…
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